"When it comes to safety, I know there are no small details."
Michelle
Chemical Safety Analyst
"I always keep things on the right track."
Clifton
Transportation and Waste Management Engineer
"Testing the water is my profession — and my passion."
Greg
Environmental Scientist
"After 32 years here, I can say there's no place like home."
Hitomi
Executive Administrative Assistant
"You can count on me to keep things safe and sound."
Kojac
Assistant Chief, Fire Brigade
and Training Specialist
NFS employees have a proud history of serving our nation. In 2010, over 100 NFS employees had served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine forces.
"It's not just a job. It's my personal mission."
Allison
Production Operator
"Protecting NFS and the community is serious business. I'm up to the challenge."
Andy
NFS Tactical Response Force
"To me, there's no such thing as good enough."
Rachel
Research & Development Chemist
It's no wonder they call Unicoi County "Valley Beautiful."
NFS employees are proud of their role in fueling freedom through the US Navy.
NFS employees are committed to protecting the Nolichucky River.
NFS is the sole provider of fuel for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
NFS maintains a multi-layered, robust security and cyber-security posture to ensure the protection of the facility and the surrounding area.

Specialty Fuel Manufacturing

The company possesses one of only two licenses by the NRC to store and process highly enriched uranium (HEU). This strategic material is of extreme value because of the cost in enriching natural uranium, as well as the requirements of storage, processing and transporting enriched material. NFS maintains the highest level of security at the facility, and safely stores and processes varying forms of HEU.

HEU is the essential fuel material for certain important defense industries. The material is used for U.S. nuclear weapons and as fuel for nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carriers and submarines. While NFS does not produce nuclear weapons, it is the leading supplier of HEU fuel to the U.S. Navy.

This highly specialized process for utilization of HEU for naval fuels was perfected by NFS in the 1960s and was sold to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) who holds the patent for the chemical process.

NFS expertise in HEU fuel manufacturing also led to a breakthrough process to convert government HEU material that once was intended for nuclear weapons into low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel (less than five percent enrichment) to power commercial reactors that generate electricity. This innovation is an important asset for America’s contribution to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.